Residents query long wait for EQC assessment

9:43 am on 22 March 2011

Some Christchurch residents say they are frustrated and angry about the lack of communication from the Earthquake Commission.

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) began what it calls a rapid assessment of homes more than a week ago and says it is confident it will get around everyone in the Christchurch area within its eight week timeframe.

Some residents who turned up for a community briefing in Bromley Park on Monday said they had been waiting for an assessor from the Commission to visit since the 4 September earthquake.

But the EQC says its communication with residents has significantly improved since it implemented its rapid assessment programme.

The senior claims co-ordinator for the commission's Christchurch office, Reid Stiven, says the EQC has 260 people going house to house to establish whether the house is weatherproof, secure and safe.